Demonstrator, 2003

A woman waits outside the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia for a visit by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2003.

A New York Times story at the time said Ashcroft would “visit states key to President Bush’s re-election chances to defend the government’s use of the anti-terrorism USA Patriot Act, which is drawing increased criticism as a threat to civil liberties.”

According to Wikipedia:

“Opponents of the law have criticized its authorization of indefinite detentions of immigrants; the permission given law enforcement officers to search a home or business without the owner’s or the occupant’s consent or knowledge; the expanded use of National Security Letters, which allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to search telephone, e-mail, and financial records without a court order; and the expanded access of law enforcement agencies to business records, including library and financial records.”

This photo came to mind for me after spotting a few more older protesters around Philadelphia recently.

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